I heard I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor in my first year of high school, late at night through the FM radio of my MP3 player. I thought, “hey, this song’s pretty neat”.

I played it for a group of acquaintances that summer. You had to hold the aux cable at a specific angle or the speaker wouldn’t work. Someone said “this is garbage” out loud. I thought, “this is my favourite band now”.

I loved Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not at first listen, and I still love it today. …


Every of the two psychology textbooks I’ve read described the idea of Displacement with this sentence. “The boss yells at the worker, the worker yells at his wife, the wife yells at her son, the son kicks the cat.” It gets the point across, but boy is it bleak. I wish there was a less depressing example.

In the Malcolm in the Middle episode “Cliques”, the gifted student class (the “Krelboynes”) are forced to take regular classes after causing a chemical explosion that destroys their classroom. The nerds are used to habitual bullying, and worry about fitting in with the…


“If my completely innocent actions are somehow related to you making yourself upset, and if it’ll make you feel better for me to say ‘I’m sorry’, then, I guess, ‘I’m Sorry’”.

“Hey, remember when my great-grandads owned your great-grandads as property? I do. That’s where I got all my money! Oh, we put a stop to that eventually, of course, out of the goodness of our hearts. We’re nice like that. So nice, I’m honestly, naively baffled that you would raise the issue of race. Very concerning indeed, not very proper, not the done thing, my dear. This family was…


It’s 2049. Kanye West has been missing for nearly 30 years…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I‘m here to tell you about a new disease. No not that one. This particular malady derives from a certain Kanye Omari West. This is purely as a public figure and conversation topic, I don’t know him personally as a human being. Doctors said he was the illest, however it is now we who are suffering from realness. He has elicited an increasingly predictable reaction over the past three to four years. I notice it in others as well, though symptoms vary. For a visual depiction of this feeling, please refer to Figure 1.


If it’s not too cold, I usually take a walk around 8pm. I don’t mind walking in the dark, and if I go later at night the path isn’t as crowded. It’s a path that runs pretty much the length of the city I live in.

This path is only a few blocks away from the main streets, but its foliage and placement makes large stretches of the path feel far away from any city. It’s a nice effect. My biggest worry is whatever micro-interaction fellow walkers might try to instigate. My airpods aren’t visible under my hoodie (brag) so…


So Calgary’s city council recently moved to defund their police force (a 5% budget cut) and put that money into local community services (a 30% budget increase for those services).

Calgary council member Shane Keating made this distinction that I found really interesting -

Defunding, in my view, is an absolutely inappropriate word when you talk about what we’re doing. You can call it reallocation. You can call it a reduction . . . (Calling it defunding) is a misuse of the intent and a misuse of the description and a misuse of the actual facts.

This, to me, completely…


Disclaimer: I’ve posted a few complaints about Google Play Music (GPM)’s graphical layout in other places before, and many of them have been fixed in later updates. Play Music is one of the better Android services, and it’s improved on a fairly regular basis.

Second disclaimer: GPM is flawed, but still my music player of choice by a long shot. Few music players have better Material Design implementation, and no music players have GPM’s level of cross-device syncing. That’s what Google does best (though some notable examples do still hang out (behind) the rest) and my life is seriously better…

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